Thirty high schools are expected to participate in a 7-on-7 football competition Saturday at Wake Forest Heritage.
Each team is scheduled to play four games in what is being called the 7-on-7 state championship.
In 7-on-7 football, the offense uses backs, receivers, a quarterback and a center.
The defense has defensive backs and linebackers. The quarterback has to pass within a specified time.
Carolina Elite Football, not Heritage High, is organizing the event and will use the school’s four practice fields and the stadium to play 10 games at a time.
The field is 40 yards long.
Jason McGeorge, the Heritage coach, said he expects coaches to use the games in different ways.
Heritage expects to pass only about 20 percent of the time during the season, so McGeorge uses the 7-on-7 in the summer to work on the passing game.
When official practice begins in August, he spends most of practice teaching the running game.
“To us, the passing league is for working on timing and teaching the passing game,” McGeorge said.
“But when I was on David Green’s staff at Leesville Road, we used the passing league to learn how to win and compete,” he said.
Among the area teams in the field are Carrboro, East Wake, Enloe, Franklinton, Durham Hillside, Southern Durham, South Granville, Southern Lee, Wake Forest and Heritage.
NCHSAA teams enter a dead period July 22, meaning teams may not practice.
The NCHSAA mandates the two open weeks in the summer.
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